Year in Review: Best Character of 2012

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From the Best Episode of 2012 to Best Male Performance, Best Female PerformanceBest Couple, Best Villain, Best Feud and Best New Show, the TV Fanatic staff has spent the week running down the past 12 months on the small screen.

Now, we turn our attention to the fictional personas that make various shows what they are and we ask:

Who was the Best Character of 2012?

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Kate Brooks: THIS QUESTION IS SO HARD!! I'm going to say Donna Paulson. Her increased presence in Suits Season 2 was the best thing that show ever did. I want her to be my best friend.

Neal Lynch: I love all the characters on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Dennis Reynolds is a self-destructive sociopath whose life is one big scheme. I look forward to seeing how his character arc concludes.

Matt Richenthal: For being one of the best shows on television, Justified has gone overlooked on this overall countdown. So let's give it up for Raylan Givens, the man who combines intensity and humor (and, okay, sex appeal) better than anyone else out there.

Gabrielle Moss: Rafi from The League. Simultaneously the most hilarious and most transgressive comic character on TV over the last season or two, he's made the Sunny gang's limit-pushing look like kid stuff.

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Steve Marsi: Ron F-cking Swanson.

Dan Forcella: Klaus on The Vampire Diaries was the best character on television this year. Joseph Morgan's ability to portray charm while acting as the most ruthless hybrid ever is nothing short of excellence. He is an extremely well written and perfectly acted villain.

Leigh Raines: Schmidt! Cracks me up every week without fail.

Christine Orlando: Nero Padilla of Sons of Anarchy Season 5. I've been a fan of Jimmy Smits since his NYPD Blue days, but I was still shocked how much I enjoyed his turn as the tatted up ex (sort of) gang leader. He oozes charm when saying he's "a companionator" who "brings folks together." How can you not love him?

Lisa Palmer: I think Adam from Girls qualifies as one of the best. If nothing else, because he's simply the most divisive character on any comedy I've ever seen. And I love him.

Miranda Wicker: Cyrus Beene on Scandal. He goes from nice to monster in the blink of an eye and no one spits out a monologue quite like he does.

Nick McHatton: Fiona on Shameless. She juggles so many different roles for her family, and she does it all while trying to be her own person.

YOUR turn, TV Fanatics: Who was the Best Character on TV in 2012?

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1) Daryl Dixon/TWD- seriously no contest...if you were to look at Season 3 Daryl and compare him to Season 1 Daryl you almost wouldn't believe he's the same guy. he was always the ultimate survivalist, but he was a loose cannon and you were never sure which way he would go or what he would do. Now he is someone anyone can put their absolute trust in. 2) Sherlock Holmes/Elementary- i had almost no hope for this show, but it has blown me away the actor who plays him(can't for the life of me think of his name) has made the character his own while still paying homage to the original. Marvelous job. 3) Finch/Person of Interest- I can't even really tell you why. He's just so damn adorable. he's like my younger brother i'm extremely protective of, just love him to pieces. (honorable mention) Donna/Suits- Donna from Suits. enough said:)

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am turn between olivia pope in scandal, leslie knope in parks and rec, fiona in shameless.

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Walter and Mike from Breaking Bad???

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Jay Ryan as Vincent!!!! Are you guys BLIND!!!!

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1. Kate Beckett - I love how badass she is - yet it's the badass part that let her goto therapy and finally deal with her past and be vulnerable. Also, this new playful, little girl side in her relationship with Castle - was not expecting that! That Hampton's poolside scene was adorable. Stana Katic really makes it believable that this tough, in your face flirt, could be amazed and pleased with herself. It's just great to watch. 2. Regina/evil queen - love her storyline, the stuff with her mom and how that's shaped her, her wanting to change, I'm really curious to see where they go with this. Lana Parrilla has made her evilness really human from the beginning, love her! 3. Olivia Pope - Because Kerry Washington just rocks it, she's just amazing. She carries the whole show, because if you don't believe in her character the whole thing falls apart.

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1. Conrad Grayson
2. Peter Florrick
3. Walter Bishop
4. Jeremy Gilbert
5. Dean Winchester
6. Erik Northman
7. Rick Grimes
8. Leslie Knope
9. Jack Donaghy
10. Liz Lemon

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Alex from grey's anatomy, Callie from greys antomy and Max from two broke girls.

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I'm gonna go with a few: 1. Tie between Schmidt and Nick from New Girl
2. Deacon Claybourne from Nashville
3. Rumpelstiltskin from Once Upon A Time

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Top three?
Mellie, First Lady (Scandal) - just love her line delivery and she's indeed a political animal
Dr. Arden (AHS) - award for the actor? Because I think he's the best best best out there and he creeped me out
Sherlock Holmes (Elementary) - he breaks through his predecessors (Downey Jr., Cumberbatch) and create a new whole fun persona as Sherlock Some others : Marley (Glee), David/Charming (OUAT), Paige (PLL), Chief Boden (Chicago Fire) and Donna (Suits)